What does it take?

What does it take to be a writer for Yahoo! Shine? The ability to spell? Knowledge of grammar? Punctuation proficiency? No. No. And no. You don’t need to know how to spell cuckoo. Phonetic spelling, even when wrong, is sufficient:

Do you need a commitment to quality? Nope. You don’t even need to check out what you’ve written to make sure it fits in the space you’ve got:

Do you need to fact-check? Not at all. You can actually make up “facts” like calling the Web site Stylelist Home something else. Do you need an extensive vocabulary? Nah. If you don’t know the difference between a stockroom and a showroom, just use either one and spell it anyway you want. 

Do you need to be creative? Not at all. The errors you make (and if you’re a true Yahoo! writer, you’ll make many) don’t have to be brand-new: a missing hyphen, a lowercase internet, and a mismatch of a verb with its plural subject — they’re all acceptable:

Carefree about caps? Good for you! You’ll fit right in with the other writers who will capitalize a common noun just because it looks like the name of a country:

Love hitting that Space bar on your keyboard to create two words out of one? Then apply now!

Knowledge of the spelling of waterbed not required. And it’s perfectly fine to drop off the apostrophe in ’80s and the hyphen in accident-prone. And if you think that Dramamine is a prescription drug (and not an over-the-counter one) that isn’t a trademark, no problem!

If you make up the spelling of other products like Tempur-Pedic and Sleep Number, you too can be a Yahoo!er.

If you think highbrow needs a hyphen, not to worry. It’s unimportant:

Too young to know that the old-fashioned desk was a roll-top? Too lazy to Google it? You’re hired!

Do you lack an appreciation of homophonic differences? Do you fail to check what you written to avoid jumbled messes? OK, then! Yahoo! may be the perfect fit for you.

If you don’t care about quality, if you don’t take pride in your work, you may have what it takes to write for Yahoo!.

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4 Responses to “What does it take?”

  1. Outraged Says:

    Piper Weiss has got to be the worst writer to ever by employed by yahoo.

    • Laura Says:

      P:iper Weiss is definitely one writer who could use the help of an editor. She once wrote an article that contained more than 50 errors, so I guess this one is a sign of improvement.

  2. Martin the Teacher Says:

    Wow. Just wow.


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